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May 23, 2014
Students learning about our living jewels

THE Bahamas National Trust (BNT) is working with the San Salvador Living Jewels Foundation, a local conservation organisation, to expand the national parks system to include five areas in the island: Southern Great Lake, Pigeon Creek and Snow Bay, Grahams Harbour, West Coast Dive Sites and Green's Bay.

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January 18, 2011
Bahamian National Parks have Virgin Resources for Biodiversity Education

Nassau,
The Bahamas - National Heritage sites allow Bahamian students a scientific and
educational advantage to learn and interact with virgin biodiversity
resources.

Bonefish
Park, off Cowpen Road, is one of many national sites currently being nominated
by the Bahamas National Trust (BNT), as a biosphere reserve to be added to
UNESCO's World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR), as international protected
areas. The Bahamas will be added to its recent list of 564
internationally protected areas in 109 countries worldwide...

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May 09, 2014
Team studies rock iguanas

TWO Bahamas National Trust park wardens having learned more about the rare and endangered Bahamian Rock Iguana, joined an international research team for a week of research in the Exuma Cays.

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June 11, 2014
Film to highlight life on Cay

SHOWCASING the beauty and biodiversity of an island is not easy to do in under 15 minutes, but this is the job that Matt McCoy of Loggerhead Productions did while working with the Bahamas National Trust and National Audubon to create a spectacular short film about these cays and tidal creeks that are usually only seen by fishermen frequenting the Joulter Cays.

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October 01, 2010
Council Unanimously Votes for 2011 Convention

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a press statement by Free National Movement Party Chairman, Carl Bethel.

I wish to advise
the general public that the Central Council of the Free National Movement
voted

unanimously to hold the next National Convention of the
Party in 2011, at a date to be determined by the Party.  

The decision
is in accord with the Party's constitution which stipulates, by Article
49, that the National Convention must be held at least every two years.

The Party held
a successful convention last year which highlighted the many accomplishments
of the FNM in what, at the time, was approximately two and a half years
in office.  We will meet again next year with even more of our
trust agenda accomplished... 

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February 06, 2013
February, the month for love - of art!

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- For the month of February in the garden atmosphere of the Bahamas National Trust in Freeport, the members of the Grand Bahama Artists Association have assembled an array of artistic renderings of faces, flowers, fanciful abstractions, landscapes, portraits, and seascapes ... all for the love of art.  
Local and international artists bring their unique perspective to art in an eclectic selection of oil, wood, fiber, watercolours, paper, and bead artistry ... the visual arts have expand on Grand Bahama.
Everyone is invited to the opening reception on Thursday, February 7th, at 7 pm.  An evening which gives the opportunity for the community to mix and mingle with the artists, feel the artistic buzz that is happening on Grand Bahama Island and to learn some tricks of the artist's trade.
Come join in with others for an evening of art and conversation at the Glory Banks Gallery, Rand Nature Centre, East Settlers Way.  The exhibition continues until February 28th.

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Election-Eve National Address - Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham
May 07, 2012
Election-Eve National Address - Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham

My Fellow Bahamians:

Tonight I address you on the eve of a momentous day.
Tomorrow Bahamians will go to the polls and participate in a free, democratic and fair election. As this country makes its choices on its path into the future, we must also look back and thank God for the gifts he has given us.

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May 05, 2012
Mobilize the Earth Art Exhibition continues in Freeport at the Glory Banks Gallery

With celebrations moved inside at the Rand Nature Centre due to inclement weather on Saturday, April 28, Grand Bahama joined many people and organizations around the world to observe the 40th anniversary of International Earth Day 2012.
The Grand Bahama Branch of the Bahamas National Trust Earth Day events included fresh market vendors providing fresh fruits and vegetables, exotic plants and tasty cakes and the Mobilize the Earth Art Exhibition, with artists on hand to discuss their art and a local wood carver demonstrating his craft.
Presenting the Art Exhibition were the members of the Grand Bahama Artists Association who showcased subjects, styles and techniques that focused on the many aspects of the environment. The works of Sheldon Saint, Gail Woon, Steve Stubbs, Eva Dehmel, Bob Tarzwell, Ken Heslop, June Pelecanos, Portia Colebrooke, Jacki Boss and Del Foxton were on display.
The exhibition included abstract works made of materials derived directly from the earth representing the beauty of nature, marred by the human need for fossil fuel consumption, African masks carved from a cut tree discarded and left for someone else to remove, a 10 pound world globe made from the daily newspapers, a coconut shaft collection, Marilyn Monroe, oil on canvas and many artistic renderings depicting the landscape, flora and fauna of our Earth.
Wood carver Bob Tarzwell gave hands-on techniques on how to take a raw piece of wood and transform it into a beautiful mask. Many observed Tarzwell as he worked his magic with a few trying to master the craft. Tarzwell was careful to present all the safety precautions a beginner should observe.
Although the fresh market or the wood carver will not be present, Mobilize the Earth Art Exhibition is on view until May 31, 2012.
And how does Marilyn Monroe fit into the Earth Day celebration?

Everyone is invited to come and find out. The Glory Banks Gallery in the Rand Nature Centre is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Admission to the Glory Banks Art Gallery is free.
For more information on Mobilize the Earth Art Exhibition contact 353-4333 or the Rand Nature Centre at 352-5438.
For more images, check out our online gallery at www.thenassauguardian.com.

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September 15, 2014
Death of democracy, pt. 1

"You measure a democracy by the freedom it gives its dissidents, not the freedom it gives its assimilated conformists."
- Abbie Hoffman
This week, we witnessed the commencement of the debate on gambling legislation in Parliament which sought, among other things, to regularize the operation of web shops in The Bahamas. Much of the intense antagonism to the legislation resulted from the outcome of the January 28, 2013 gambling referendum during which the vote in opposition to the proposition of regulating and taxing the web shops prevailed.
Prior to the referendum, the prime minister proclaimed that he would abide by the referendum results. Subsequently, however, he changed his mind, and, notwithstanding the referendum results, introduced legislation that would regulate and tax web shops. Accordingly this week, we would like to Consider this...Are some of the religious pastors who fought and won the referendum poll correct in their accusation that the prime minister's positional reversal and subsequent actions have signaled the death of democracy in The Bahamas?
The state of play
For decades, Bahamians were not allowed to gamble in the country's casinos, although foreigners were not only permitted, but encouraged to do so. Casino gambling in The Bahamas has grown impressively, and tourist gaming has become ensconced in our tourism industry. However, since the enactment of the relevant legislation, Bahamians were prohibited from participating.
During this same period, and for many decades before, Bahamians have actively engaged in the domestic numbers business, paying small amounts of money to bet that the numbers that they chose would "fall" on any given day, resulting in profits far in excess of the cost of the purchase of such numbers. At one point, depending on the gaming house in which one played, a $2 bet could result in winnings of as much as $900, and in some cases slightly more if the number fell in the precise sequence of the daily drawings.
Such games of chance were never legally sanctioned, but for decades the vast majority of Bahamians turned a blind eye to such betting arrangements by local residents. The society as a whole acquiesced to such practices; law enforcement, and civil society, including the church, generally accepted that playing numbers was as much a part of the Bahamian culture as is Junkanoo.
In 2010, when the Ingraham administration decided to regulate the web shops, government representatives met with web shop owners and determined that the annual revenue from this sector was estimated to be in the range of $400 to $600 million. At the time, the Free National Movement (FNM) government realized that it could not allow the industry to continue to operate in an unregulated environment and drafted regulations for it. The FNM did not proceed with its plans to regulate this sector, in part because, at that time, it could not obtain the support of the church.
The 2013 referendum
Shortly after the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) won the general elections on May 7, 2012, Prime Minister Christie aggressively initiated plans to regularize the web shops. Pursuant to that objective, Prime Minister Christie announced that his government would hold a referendum on January 28, 2013 to determine the will of the people on the matter. The two questions on the referendum ballot sought the people's views on regulating and taxing the web shops and the establishment of a national lottery. The referendum results follow:
o The total number of votes cast against regulating and taxing web shops was 51,146, 62 percent of the total;
o The total number of votes cast in favor of regularization was 31,657, 38 percent of the total.
Many people believe that, although a majority of Bahamians who voted in last year's referendum were against the web shops, the outcome is neither persuasive nor conclusive and that the referendum results do not represent the true national sentiment on this issue.
Particularly in light of the low voter turnout of less than 50 percent of eligible voters, it would be erroneous to conclude that a majority of Bahamians are opposed to regulating and taxing web shops or establishing a national lottery.
The regulation imperative
The government recently reported that web shops cumulatively generate gross annual revenue of $600 million. Given this enormously significant cash flow, it is imperative that they be regulated for two important reasons: consumer protection and national security imperatives.
In the absence of completely shutting down the web shops, perhaps an impossibly achievable objective, the government must have also considered the vastly deleterious effects that either shutting them down or allowing them to continue to operate in an unregulated environment would have on our economy. But doing nothing is a wholly untenable proposition.
If we examine the operations of web shops, we will observe that their owners operate two distinctively different businesses. First, they provide online gaming for their customers. From a consumer protection perspective, it is important for persons who participate in web shop activities to be confident that they are protected from undesirable business practices ranging from online machine manipulation to not being able to collect their winnings if they are successful players. Today, in the absence of regulation, the smooth, fair and equitable operation of web shops is wholly based on trust. Regulation will address those and other operational issues.
The second business in which web shops engage comes as close to banking as anything will, without the requirement or benefit of a banking license. There are possibly more automatic teller machines strewn across the length and breadth of this country that are operated by the web shops owners than those of all the commercial banks combined.
Furthermore, the owners of web shops engage in lending money to many Bahamians for similar purposes as our commercial banks. However, in the case of web shops, this is an unregulated activity.
Additionally, we cannot ignore the short and long-term devastating effects on this economy of the nearly 4,000 persons who are employed by the web shops and what their closure would mean to the nation's employment figures.
Finally, it was absolutely necessary to bring this industry into the formal economy, enabling it to be recognized as a legitimate and significant pillar of the Bahamian economy.
Having regard to all of the above, the government is cognizant that regulation of the industry is imperative in order to protect the country from once again being blacklisted by the international agencies of the large industrialized countries, because of the potential threat that an unregulated sector poses for money laundering and terrorist financing, all of which will be minimized through the regulation of the sector.
Accordingly, there cannot be any doubt whatsoever that regulation and taxation of this sector is in the best interests of the country.
The gaming legislation
The gaming legislation that was recently tabled in Parliament, among other things, contains three major provisions that have resulted in varying degrees of intense debate in the public square. Those elements of the bill provide:
That all web shops would be regulated and taxed;
That a national lottery could be established for at some future date to be determined by the government;
That Bahamians would be allowed to gamble in casinos at some future date to be determined by the government.
Conclusion
The government should be commended for its leadership in this matter. Christie has debunked his detractors' derogatory suggestions that he is indecisive and ineffective. He and his Cabinet have taken the bold decision to do the right thing for the economy and the country in the face of excessive opposition and criticism for taking a decision that is incongruent with the expressed will of the people who voiced their views during the last referendum.
Next week we will address those who criticize the government for taking this bold decision in the face of those results, including the official opposition and some church pastors, with a view to determining whether, in light of the prime minister's courageous leadership in this matter, we are witnessing the death of democracy in our country.
o Philip C. Galanis is the managing partner of HLB Galanis and Co., Chartered Accountants, Forensic and Litigation Support Services. He served 15 years in Parliament. Please send your comments to pgalanis@gmail.com.

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FNM Inagua Rally - Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham
May 03, 2012
FNM Inagua Rally - Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham

Good Evening Inagua,
Colour Red is very happy to be in Inagua tonight. We have spent the day in MICAL visiting with residents in Crooked Island, Acklins and Mayaguana. Last evening Colour Red was in Central Andros.

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